1999 Florida Winterchamps
January 1, 1999
Event Name: Florida Winterchamps
Event Location: Lake Park, Tampa, FL
There were 460 entries from around the world competing in this popular event. The track was in the best condition it's ever been in, thanks to all the hard work of the Tampa club. And also a special thanks to Bill Hock, whose announcing always makes the event a lot more exciting.
2WD Buggy Modified, A Main
Mark Pavidis had to make a perfect run in qualifying to take TQ honors, but he did it. Then in the A Mains it took the same kind of driving to win the very competitive 2WD Class. But Mark did it again. It wasn't easy because everyone else was challenging the pipes. Mark's teammate Billy Easton took a strong third place finish with his RC10B3 buggy, driving his best race ever. Mark and the rest of the Team used Reedy Modifieds motors, Reedy Zappers batteries, LRP speed controls, and Pro-Line tires to get the power to the ground.
2WD Truck Modified, A Main
Scott Hughes, Pro-Line/Associated driver, was in a class by himself in qualifying. He easily outdistanced the field to win TQ honors. Then Scott won the first A Main rather easily. But in the 2nd A Main Mark put the pressure on Scott and Scott made one small bobble, and Mark got by to take the win. In the deciding 3rd A Main Scott decided to put some distance on Mark, but he tried a little too hard and got stuck on the pipes, and Mark went on by to win the Main and to take the overall win, with Scott finishing 2nd overall. These two guys were really fast and they put on a great show for the fans.
Stock Truck, A Main
Chet Bradley took an 8th place finish in the Stock Truck A Main while Josh Knight, from Virginia Beach, VA, won the A Main over a hard-charging Kraig Krueger, in 3rd place. All the drivers used the new Reedy Rage hand-out stock motors and the consensus was they had more power than they've ever had.
Stock Buggy, A Main
Kraig Krueger, from West Fargo, North Dakota, drove an error-free race to win the Stock A Main by a very large margin with his B3 buggy.
Mike Reedy was kept very busy keeping the drivers supplies with power, and it was easy to see that they had all the power they could handle. He even helped a lot of drivers in the stock class set up their new Reedy Rage hand-out stock motors. Curtis Husting was also kept busy helping the drivers.
Mike Reedy wants everyone to know that the new Rage stock motor has more RPM, so in order to take advantage of this added RPM it's very important that you gear down 2 less teeth on your pinion gear. Then you'll have more power. If you don't gear down then you won't pick up any more speed and your motor will run hotter.